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Skelton Grange offers training for teachers, nursery staff, childminders and environmental professionals for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We also run lots of events and courses for anyone to get involved in just for fun!

What we have to offer:
 

Tues 10th March 2015: Environmental Games & Activities

The natural environment is a superb learning environment, and this practical course will give you lots of innovative ideas for games and activities which will engage and inspire children about the natural world, and will also support delivery of the national curriculum.  The activities, suitable for 3-11 year olds, utilise easily available resources and have been tried and tested by us and children over 20 years! At the end of the day you’ll have made your own back pocket games book, ready to take your teaching outside.

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Tues 10th March 2015: Bird, Bat & Frog Afternoon / Evening

Tuesday 10th March 1pm - 6pm - Habitat box building

Ever wanted to build a bird or bat box? Here's your chance to contribute to the nest box and roosting boxes at Skelton Grange to improve our site still further as a habitat for wildlife. Drop in anytime between 1pm and 6pm to take part - or stay for the whole session or even onwards from 6-8pm for our torchlight amphibian survey!

Tuesday 10th March 6pm - 8pm - Frogtastic Survey

A chance head out by torchlight to help with the annual amphibian surveys on our 5 ponds! The first of three surveys, planned to coincide with the breeding seasons of frogs, toads and newts. Wrap up warm and bring a good torch if you have one. Start of the season - looking out for frogs. We are also building habitat boxes from 1pm - 6pm, so come along early if you want to build a roost for a bat before you go hunting for frogs!

Do drop us a line at skelton@tcv.org.uk to let us know if you are coming

Mon 16th March 2015: Making the Most of the School Grounds

No places available, sorry! Please check out our other super courses...

Thurs 19th March 2015: Raising Standards by taking Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors

This course will help primary teachers use the natural environment to teach aspects of the core literacy and numeracy curriculum. It is a practical day covering a range of outdoor activities to engage children in active learning including activities to teach time, number bonds, area, shape, fractions and how to use the natural environment as an inspiration for story building and telling, poetry, descriptive writing, vocabulary development and even punctuation!

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Sat 28th March 2015: Lino printing with Annie Russell

Annie Russell's lino prints are simply spectacular and so we are delighted to welcome her to Skelton Grange Environment Centre to lead a workshop for us! During the day you will learn to create a lino print of your own and all materials and tools will be provided. Cost £30 per person

"My work is largely figurative, drawing a lot of inspiration from nature and also from other hobbies, like gardening and woodwork. I favour woodcuts and linocuts, because I love the way that these techniques combine practical craft, planning, creativity and composition. I love the physical process of carving a piece of lino or wood." Annie Russell

Feedback from our other workshops : "A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment." Click here to see examples of Annie's beautiful work

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Fri 3rd April 2015: Good Friday Nature Trail & Easter Eggs

Come down and see what goes on at Skelton Grange Environment Centre on Good Friday April 3rd, from 11am to 12.30pm. Nature trail with Easter Egg prize £3, bushcraft demonstrations, try out willow weaving and other child friendly activities - plus lovely café with homemade cakes and refreshments. Please register so we can make sure the Easter bunny brings plenty of eggs!! We will do our very best to have enough eggs available, but the Easter Bunny will give them to children who have registered for the event, and any spares will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Help us mange chocolate happiness by registering...

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If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Thurs 9th April 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds!

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sun 12th April 2015: Cheese making with wild herbs

An exciting new course for cheese lovers is happening at Skelton Grange this spring! Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds will be leading a goat's cheese making workshop for us, combined with a herb foraging walk around Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s beautiful wildlife area. You will get to learn how to make two goat's cheeses, which you can flavour to your own taste with herbs and wild seed heads from our walk, or from a selection of wild organic pickles made by Craig. Once you have learnt this traditional skill, you will be able to make your own cheeses at home for yourself or as unique gifts for friends and family.

The event will be from 10am-2.30pm and include time for tea, coffee, cheese tasting and socialising.

Cost £35 per adult, £10 for under 16's. Price includes all ingredients, equipment, but you will need to bring your own lunch if you'd like more than a few cheesy nibbles!

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Thurs 16th April 2015 7.30pm: Toad-ally Awesome Toad Survey

Thurs 16th April 2015 7.30pm: Toad-ally awesome toad survey

A chance head out by torchlight to help with the annual amphibian surveys on our 5 ponds! The second of three surveys, hoping (or hopping?) that this will be the peak of the toad breeding season. Wrap up warm and bring a good torch if you have one.

Do drop us a line at skelton@tcv.org.uk to let us know if you are coming

Thurs 16th April 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds!

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sat 18th April 2015: Spring Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal

 

Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds will be leading a Wild Food Walk around Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s beautiful wildlife area. You will get to learn so much about the opportunities that nature offers us for free, and enjoy a delicious three course meal, with drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) included. All recipes use wild & organic ingredients. Craig's courses with us are very popular, so do book soon...

Example Spring Menu :

Starters: Wild Watercress Gazpacho, Homemade Goats Cheeses & Seaweed Crackers
Mains: Wild Spring Green Risotto, Wild Salad w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette & Wild Garlic

Sorbet: BreadSweet Cicely Sorbet to refresh the palette
Dessert: Japanese Knotweed & Creme Patissiere Tart w/ Vanilla & Orange Zest Chantilly Cream
Drinks: Wild alcohols, cordials & Fresh Herb Teas

Craig will also bring along various preserves for you to try

The event will be from 10am-4pm and include time for a number of courses of fantastic food, and socialising. Cost £50 per adult, £10 for under 16's.

 

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sat 25th April 2015: Nature Play for Childminders

The natural environment provides an exciting, stimulating and challenging environment where children can have fun and play freely whilst experiencing the challenges of life and developing real life skills. This training day, run by TCV, is aimed at childminders who want to develop informal nature play opportunities for the children in their care, making the most of gardens (large or small), parks and woodlands.

Outdoor play is a statutory requirement for children in Early Years and Nature Play, playing in and with nature, is a crucial element of this. The aim of the training is to give you ideas for activities and games that will enable you to encourage young children to explore and discover their natural environment.

Led by experienced environmental trainers with years of experience running activities with children of all ages, the training will take place at our purpose built environment centre.

Feedback from previous participants on courses run by these trainers: 

The activities were suited really well for my mixed age group – something for toddlers and the older children too. Look forward to trying them out.”

“Great fun – I’ve now got loads of new ideas for taking the children outside”

Cost - £30 per person plus VAT

 Click here for more info and to make a booking

 

7th May 2015: Nature Play for Early Years

7th May 2015: Nature Play for Early Years

Outdoor play is a statutory requirement in Early Years and Nature Play, playing in and with nature, is a crucial element of this.  We cover the benefits of nature play and how to manage risk, and then  run through loads of ideas for activities and games that will enable you to confidently encourage children to explore, discover and learn in their natural environment.

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Thursday 14th May 2015 7.30pm: It's Newtiful - Amphibian survey

Thursday 14th May 2015 7.30pm: It's Newtiful - Amphibian survey

A chance head out by torchlight to help with the annual amphibian surveys on our 5 ponds! The third of three surveys, and as it warms up - we aim to catch the newt breeding season. Wrap up warm and bring a good torch if you have one.

Do drop us a line at skelton@tcv.org.uk to let us know if you are coming

Thurs 28th May 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds!

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sat 6th June 2015: Special Bushcraft for Adults & 14+

Want to come and join in the fun? Adults dropping off their kids at our popular bushcraft days keep asking us if they can have a go too....

Led by woodsman Dan Watson with many years bushcrafting experience, come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods. Learn knife and saw skills by making cooking devices, how to light fires and identify plants on a walk around the Skelton Grange site and hone your tracking skills through games!

The cost per adult for the day is £50 and £30 for 14-18yrs, and includes a day of outdoor bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders.

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sat 13th June 2015: Phil Bradley willow hare workshop

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own such as a hare, sheep or chicken, and all materials and tools will be provided.Cost £65 per person

Feedback from last time : A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sat 27th June 2015: Summer Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal

Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds will be leading a Wild Food Walk around Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s beautiful wildlife area. You will get to learn so much about the opportunities that nature offers us for free, and enjoy a delicious three course meal, with drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) included. All recipes use wild & organic ingredients. Craig's courses with us are very popular, so do book soon...

Example Menu :

Starters: Wild Watercress Gazpacho, Homemade Goats Cheeses & Seaweed Crackers
Mains: Wild Spring Green Risotto, Wild Salad w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette & Wild Garlic

Sorbet: BreadSweet Cicely Sorbet to refresh the palette
Dessert: Japanese Knotweed & Creme Patissiere Tart w/ Vanilla & Orange Zest Chantilly Cream
Drinks: Wild alcohols, cordials & Fresh Herb Teas

Craig will also bring along various preserves for you to try

The event will be from 10am-4pm and include time for food and socialising.

Cost £50 per adult, £10 for under 16's.

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sat 4th July 2015: Chris Moss wire bird workshop

Yorkshire artist Chris Moss makes the most amazing wire and metal sculptures of birds and other animals, and we are really pleased to welcome her back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another wire bird workshop. During the day you will learn to create a wire bird of your own such as a duck, chicken or pheasant, and all materials and tools will be provided. Cost £65 per person

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Weds 22nd July 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds!

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Thurs 23rd July 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds!

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

27th-31st July 2015: Summer playscheme for 8-12 yrs

This playscheme is ALL about getting outside and we aim to be out in the fresh air for most of the day, every day! Past events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor games, nature study, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

A week long playscheme with loads of healthy outdoor fun and games, from 9am 'til 5pm each day, £150 for five full days

Earlybird booking £130 by 21st April!!

"My daughter says this was the best week of all the summer holidays! She made friends, bows and arrows, campfire food and some wonderful memories. As a parent I can't thank you enough for your kind, caring staff who were great fun and engaged our kids in such a brilliant week of activities. "

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

26th-27th Aug 2015: Into the Wilderness 2 day/1 night adventure for 10-14 yrs

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend two days in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling, environmental games and general mayhem! Past Into the Wilderness events have included: shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making....

2 day adventure with 1 night sleepover for 10-14 year olds. Set in beautiful private woodland near Leeds, two packed days of woodland crafts, games, campfire cooking and the chance to build your own shelter - and sleep out in it!

£75 for two days and one night - kids can be dropped off between 8-10am on the first day, and collected between 4-6pm on the second day. DBS checked, fully risk assessed and run by experienced leaders.

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Weds 16th Sept 2015: Phil Bradley willow deer workshop

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own such as a deer or sheep, and all materials and tools will be provided. Cost £65 per person

Feedback from last time : A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Custom made courses for your school or organisation

We can design and deliver custom made courses just for your school. In the past we have run the above courses in house and have also designed courses around 'Getting the whole school gardening' and 'Getting started with outdoor learning - a mixture of practical and theory'. Courses can last a half or whole day (and can be run as twilight sessions). They can be run here at Skelton Grange or in your own school grounds. Contact us for prices and availablity.

Trainers at Skelton Grange

All our in-house trainers are all qualified primary school teachers and have enjoyed running successful environmental activities with children from Leeds schools for many, many years! They have experience of working with all ages and abilities, in lots of different settings and have a real passion and enthusiasm for working with children outdoors. In our work we are also lucky enough to meet some very inspirational people, and we have persuaded some of them to run other exciting events at Skelton Grange.

The venue

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is in South Leeds, conveniently located close to the M1 and M621, with ample free car parking available and also served by frequent buses from Leeds city centre and a cycle path. A beautiful, award winning eco-building, with many environmental features including rainwater recycling, solar panels and photo voltaic cells, the centre is located in a 2 hectare wildlife area - all fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building is also available for hire for your own events - click here for more details.